It’s been said that one of the greatest tools of tax-and-spend politicians is withholding, because they get to take your money out of your paycheck before you see it, so you don’t realize how much taxes are costing you. But sales taxes are another matter: those you have to pay for, right at the cash register. One CostCo in Seattle is making darn sure customers know that a new tax on sugary beverages is the reason why they’re suddenly paying almost twice as much for sodas and energy drinks – and that CostCos outside the city limits have them for far less.

Incidentally, this story brings up a topic that’s long baffled me about liberals who use “sin taxes” to try to force people to behave in certain ways. They tax smoking, alcohol, fattening foods, etc., claiming that it’s to discourage their use (tacitly admitting that if you tax something, you get less of it, and that taxes make people change their behavior – two things they vehemently deny when conservatives point them out). Then they always claim the money is needed for necessary programs, like health care for children. But if the point of the tax is to stamp out purchases of some harmful item, why would they make funding for necessary programs dependent on people continuing to purchase the harmful item?

It makes one suspect that liberals aren’t really as determined to prevent tobacco, booze or soda companies from killing people as they are upset that the government isn’t getting a big enough cut of the profits.

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Comments 1-8 of 8

  • Barbara Culotti

    01/17/2018 12:19 AM

    I think that the all the liberal politicians are thinking of just how much more they could have in their pockets if the tax rate weren't lowered!

  • Randy Plessinger

    01/15/2018 07:33 AM

    Hey Mike, I know several investigations are in progress. When do you think some of these people will begin serving time? I'm losing patience. Trump needs to start making examples.

  • denis burn

    01/12/2018 02:58 PM

    Armageddon is a desert location in Israel where the good guys lost...They were far far from wiped out.. liberals remain tax and spend...not good.db

  • jack macdonald

    01/11/2018 11:35 AM

    I like Virginia's idea of electrifying the wall. jack

  • Anthony DeBartolomeo

    01/11/2018 12:37 AM

    Mike,

    I like your math on the concept of "sin taxes." I have been noting this illogic for years and asking just what happens if everyone stops purchasing the highly taxed item. Right on the money.

  • James R. Norvell

    01/10/2018 02:43 PM

    Duplicitous people always leave fingerprints of their hypocrisy. Then again, they could just all be so blinded by their bias to the point of ignorance. Poor dears have found a safe space where they are protected from logic and intelligence. All of that is blatantly apparent, but we can’t tire of pointing it out —- better do that in Spanish as well as Engli

  • Stephen Russell

    01/10/2018 08:53 AM

    I say YES to Taxes on: tobacco, sugar drinks IE soda, & sweetsA-Z.
    Notice the ads for Easter, Halloween, July 4th, etc: soda, candies. Tax candies & cut obesity alone or reduce impact.
    Otherwise Im anti Taxes all the way.
    Nationwide. for our kids & some adults

  • Virginia Mae Cummings

    01/10/2018 01:44 AM

    BUILD THE WALL -- electrify it by using SOLAR PANELS to save on electricity. ????